14 May 2008The South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) has awarded seven contracts for the first phase of the Gauteng Freeway Improvement project, which will see 125.5 kilometres of highways in the highly urbanised province being upgraded at a cost of R11.5-billion.“Traffic in the Gauteng area has reached the stage where heavy congestion inhibits economic growth, leads to frustration and loss of productivity of road users, and damages the environment through excessive emissions,” said Sanral in a statement last week.These follow an earlier contract awarded for the upgrade of the N1 between the R21 interchange and Atterbury Interchange, east of Pretoria, where construction is currently well under way.Over the next 36 months, contractors appointed by Sanral will upgrade the N1 from Soweto to the N4 in Pretoria, the N3 from Alberton to Buccleuch, sections of the N12 south of Johannesburg, as well as the N12 from Gillooly’s interchange to the R21 to Boksburg.“The project is an example of co-operation through the various spheres of government, with involvement of Ekhuruleni (East Rand), Tshwane (Greater Pretoria) and Johannesburg metros, the provincial and national governments,” Sanral pointed out.Works ‘substantially’ complete for 2010While the highway upgrades have been prioritised to ensure substantial completion ahead of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, a temporary suspension in remaining works has been scheduled between 28 May and 14 July 2010, as not to disrupt traffic flow during the tournament.The project will involve the provision of additional lanes, interchange improvements and implementing an intelligent transport management system – which involves highway cameras, ramp metering and electronic signage.The newly upgraded highways will include high occupancy vehicle lanes, which can be integrated with routes used by bus rapid transport systems, buses, trains and taxis, to promote the use of public transport.Although disruption to traffic is to be expected during the construction phase, the agency is to make every attempt to minimise disruption, and to keep the maximum number of lanes open, particularly at peak hours.Bearing the safety of both road users and construction workers in mind, the agency is urging the public to drive carefully through construction sites that will be policed, adhere to temporary speed limits and not to slow down to look at construction activities.“The long-term benefits will more than compensate for the temporary inconvenience of construction activities and we appeal to the public to exercise extreme caution on the entire network during construction,” Sanral said.SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
10 July 2012The South African team for the 2012 London Olympic Games includes one swimmer who is a world record holder in long course events: Cameron van der Burgh, the fastest breaststroke swimmer ever over 50 metres.The current South African swimmer of the year, his consistently high class performances have also been recognised by Swimming World Magazine, which has named Van der Burgh its African Swimmer of the Year for 2009, 2010 and 2011.A look at his international record confirms that he is a world-class talent with the ability to step onto the Olympic podium in London.Aged 24, Van der Burgh has been competing internationally since 2007 and has achieved notable successes on the world stage since then.World Championships bronzeThat year, he competed in the Fina World Aquatics Championships in Melbourne and was immediately among the medal winners, claiming bronze in the 50 metres after swimming the fastest time of the event in the heats of 27.49 seconds.He also shone at the All Africa Games in Algiers in July, doing the double in the 50m and 100m breaststroke.In 2008, Van der Burgh excelled on the Fina World Cup circuit and followed in the footsteps of Ryk Neethling by becoming the overall World Cup winner.During the 2008 series, he broke three short-course world records. He also became the first man to crack the 26-second barrier in the 50m when he won in Stockholm in a sensational time of 25.94.The 100 metres record had stood behind the name of Ed Moses since 2002, but the South African ace lowered that record from 57.47 to 56.88 seconds.10 victoriesHe finished the series with 12 medals in total, 10 of which were gold, with the other two being bronze medals.At the short course World Championships in Manchester, he placed third in the 50m and won silver in the 100m.At the Beijing Olympics, Vand er Burgh recorded an African record of 59.96sec in the 100m heats, which was the fifth fastest time. He was, however, a little off song in the semi-finals and missed out on the finals by one place.His best year, though, was to follow in 2009 and the highlight of his year came in Rome at the 13th Fina World Championships.Competing in the 100 metres first, he swam an African record 59.54 seconds in the heats. He then improved that mark to 59.13 in the semi-finals, which was the second fastest time.In the final, he cracked the 59-second barrier, clocking 58.95, but had to settle for bronze in another African record.World Championships 50 metresThe best was yet to come for van der Burgh, however, in the 50 metres. He set a championship record and African record in the heats, breaking 27 seconds in a time of 26.92.He went even faster in the semi-finals, establishing a world record of 27.74sec to claim his place in the final.Once more, with medals up for grabs, Van der Burgh rose to the challenge and improved on his own world record to capture gold in 26.67 seconds, a mark that stands to this day and is unlikely to be challenged any time soon given the change in regulations regarding swimsuits since that time.In November, he repeated as the overall winner of the Fina World Cup Series, despite being challenged by fellow South African Roland Schoeman in the 50 metres, with Schoeman twice managing to defeat the world record holder.South African flag carrierHe captured two gold medals at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, where he had the honour of carrying the South African flag, defeating a strong challenge from traditional powerhouse Australia, taking the 50m in 27.18 and the 100m in 1:00.10.There was further World Championships success in 2010 for Van der Burgh in Dubai when he claimed gold in the 100m in 56.80sec and silver in the 50m in 26.03sec.Last year, in 2011, Van der Burgh did the double of 50m and 100m golds at the All Africa Games in Maputo, winning both titles with some ease. He also picked up two bronze medals at the World Aquatics Championships in Shanghai.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, may think email’s dying, but until it’s dead it’s still the incumbent monarch of enterprise communication. Tools that don’t fit seamlessly into existing processes and workflows will hinder the adoption of next-generation enterprise collaboration solutions. eTouch‘s enterprise-grade wiki SamePage attempts to solve this problem by allowing users to create wiki pages via email, and several other features to ease adoption.The new version of SamePage, 4.3, adds an “Explorer View,” similar to Windows explorer, and WebDAV support for editing attachments online without saving them to the desktop. Screenshot of Explorer ViewSamePage is available as an on-premise solution, a stand-alone SaaS, as part of Salesforce.com through AppExchange or as part of WebEx Connect. Its features include:The above mentioned email to wiki featureRole-based access control, with LDAP authentication (and now LDAPS support)WYSIWYG EditorImporting from MS Word and ExcelPage templatesAttachmentsLinkingNotifications and RSS feedsIntegrated searcheTouch’s strategy of seamless integration with existing tools and smart strategic partnerships has landed it A-list clients like ADP, NASA, Citrix, Alcatel-Lucent, Prudential, Verizon Wireless and Cal-Tech in a competitive market that includes SocialText, Atlassian Confluence and, of course, Microsoft Sharepoint. klint finley IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Tags:#enterprise#news#Products 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Related Posts Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…
Ban on single-use plastic came into effect in all urban areas of Odisha on Wednesday on the occasion of 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Manufacture, sale, trade, import, storage, transportation and distribution of single-use plastics are prohibited as per a notification issued by Odisha Forest and Environment Department on September 30, an official said. The ban is imposed on polythene carry bags of any shape, thickness and size (excluding compostable), Polyethylene Terephthalate (Pet/Pete) bottles of less than 200 ml capacity, he said. The vendors will not be allowed to use polythene sheets of less than 50-micron thickness for storing, transporting, dispensing or packaging of any article or commodity.
NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Mega Builders head coach Dong Dela Cruz said the fifth set all boiled down to whoever executed its plays better, rather than who has the better players.“When you get to the fifth set it won’t matter who are the better players,” said Dela Cruz. “The team who plays better will take the win.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsMadzlan Gampong and James Natividad provided ample support for Fauzi as they put up 17 points apiece while Kim Malabunga played fourth option as he finished with 10.Lorenzo Capate led the HD Spikers with 23 points. In the bronze medal series, Sta. Elena forced a third match against Philippine Air Force coming away with a five-set win, 27-25, 22-25, 18-25, 25-19, 16-14.Joven Camaganakan had 22 points to lead the Wrecking Balls while skipper Berlin Paglinawan added 19.Jeffrey Malabanan had a game-high 26 points to lead the Jet Spikers.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Mega Builders snatched a five-set win over Cignal, 18-25, 25-23, 26-24, 22-25, 15-13, to set up a do-or-die in the championship series of the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference men’s division Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Volley Bolt tied the series at 1-1 with Ismail Fauzi firing a game-high 24 points in the victory.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Jimmy Alapag named new Alab Pilipinas head coach View comments
The Australian Sports Awards were a night of glitz and glamour, with representatives from the Australian Mens 30’s Touch side holding down a table at the Sydney event last night…if you were up late enough watching the SBS broadcast you would have even seen Tony El Takchi’s television interview in the introduction.Nominated in the Masters Team of the Year Award, the side rubbed shoulders with other award nominees, including Grant Hackett, Liesel Jones, the Sydney Swans and more.Unfortunately for the side, they were beaten for the award by the Australian Mens 55’s athletics relay team, although the recognition of making the final three for the award is still something special.Keep an eye on the website for a full report of the evening from the team, coming soon.
Juventus chief Fabio Paratici named Sporting Director of the Yearby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus sports chief Fabio Paratici has collected an award at the Globe Soccer Awards.Paratici was named Best Sporting Director of the Year in Dubai.“I am very happy and it is a great honour to receive this award. I would like to thank the club and my staff,” said Paratici on the stage.“Juventus are a great club with an incredible history and I am happy and proud to work for this club.“I think Juventus are experiencing one of the best moments of its history. We’ve won so many titles in recent years, built a competitive squad and added Cristiano Ronaldo, so we must continue along this path.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Klopp snappy with Italian, English reporters after Liverpool defeatby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was snappy with questions from both English and Italian reporters after their Champions League defeat at Napoli.Klopp admits he was unimpressed by claims that Napoli were superior and fresher.He rapped: “Tonight the questions are really a challenge, to be honest. I think the guy from Sky Italia asked me or told me Napoli was much better than us. I didn’t see that game, so I don’t know exactly where he was when the game happened. But now you say we were tired. Who had the cramps? Who was on the ground? Liverpool players or Napoli players? “After the 2-0 they looked fresher than us, after the 1-0 they looked fresher than us – that’s normal. You have a boost. But there was no fresher team on the pitch. There was no physical problem apart from the normal physical problems in a game like this, which is very intense [because] both teams fight hard and all that stuff. It’s not a physical problem tonight. We have to finish the situations off. “How everybody is in life, you need positive moments and you can run forever. We didn’t have really positive moments tonight. They obviously got the second air, so they could go again. That’s normal, but that was not the reason.”
UNLV’s men’s basketball team will honor its former coach, Jerry Tarkanian, with a commemorative patch on their jerseys the remainder of this season. Tarkanian, who coached the Rebels from 1973-92, winning the national championship in 1990, passed away Wednesday morning at the age of 84. UNLV (14-10, 5-6 MWC) will sport a black “TARK” patch, paying tribute to their former coach known to many as “Tark the Shark.” #UNLVmbb will wear patches that look like this the rest of the season pic.twitter.com/NE9lWzsqbR— Taylor Bern (@TaylorBern) February 11, 2015Tarkanian was one of the greatest coaches college basketball has ever seen, recording 729 wins across all divisions. UNLV is set to face Air Force in Colorado on Saturday.
MONTREAL – Bombardier’s strategic C Series partnership with Airbus should put it on stronger financial footing but it remains unclear what fate awaits its other commercial aircraft.The Montreal-based transportation company remains burdened by more than US$9 billion of debt and wants to regain its leading position in the high-margin business jet market.That starts with completing the Global 7000 next year followed by the Global 8000 aircraft. A complete overhaul of the Challenger 650 is seen as the next big investment.So where does that leave the Q400 turboprop and aging CRJ regional jets?That’s the question on everyone’s minds, says Chris Murray of AltaCorp Capital.He doesn’t foresee the company coming up with a new CRJ design, but it may choose to add new engines to make the plane more competitive with Embraer’s new E2 jets.“I don’t think that I’m expecting the program to fall apart… but at the same time I’m not expecting there to be this massive resurgence of regional jet orders or turbprop orders,” he said in an interview.Bombardier (TSX:BBD.B) said it’s committed to the Q400 — which recently secured its largest order, from India’s Spicejet — and CRJs.“We like these products, they give us critical mass,” CEO Alain Bellemare said Friday after introducing the Airbus CEO to Montreal’s business leaders.Bombardier Commercial Aerospace president Fred Cromer added that the partnership with Airbus strengthens its entire civil aircraft portfolio.“I think commercial aerospace has a home in Montreal and certainly in Quebec for a very long time,” he said in an interview.However, Cromer said that it’s premature to disclose what it will do to rejuvenate the planes.“At the right time we’ll talk about what the real long-term future is.”Rolland Vincent, an aviation consultant who previously worked at Bombardier, believes the transportation company won’t spend the large sums required to overhaul the regional aircraft programs as long as oil prices remain low.“I don’t think they make a lot of money on these aircraft so … as long as oil stays at $50 or thereabouts there’s probably a very limited business case for re-engines,” he said in an interview.Vincent believes Bombardier is no longer enamoured with the low-margin parts of its commercial aerospace business and will follow its historical pattern.“They fall in love with new technology, new markets and then after a while they kind of move along to something else and it’s a pattern that leaves a lot of debris behind.”Vincent worked on strategy at Bombardier during the period in the 1990s when it shook up the global aviation market by launching small regional jets that spawned new competitors like Brazil’s Embraer.He sees Bombardier eventually selling the Q400 turboprop and CRJ jet programs, possibly to China.The Chinese could be potential buyers, but they would prefer new technology, especially new generations of engines, added Ernie Arvai, partner in commercial aviation consultancy Air Insight.He doesn’t see a lot of buyers for the regional aircraft. Airbus already owns a large stake in ATR and Boeing has shown no interest in getting into smaller planes.U.S. scope clauses that limit the size of planes pilots can fly under their union contracts give the CRJ a five-year runway to secure orders, said Arvai.While the Q400 is “solid,” he doubts Bombardier will redesign the CRJ, which will be at the end of its life in about a decade.“It might be a natural winding down point,” he said.Union representative Dave Chartrand said employees are concerned because of the thousands of jobs in Toronto and Montreal that depend on the two programs.“Employees wonder and say what’s the next step, where are we going from here. I wonder also, but there are too many factors for us to have an answer tomorrow morning.”